"A Celebration of Christmas Cheer"
Friday 6 December 2019, Castle Donington
What an absolutely wonderful event; children and adults with glow sticks came to meet in the St Edwards churchyard. All school children and parents gathered and met Olaf, Elsa, Anna from Frozen before leaving out on to Church Lane where who was there to meet the throng of people, but Santa and his (LIVE) reindeer – what a surprise!!! Town Crier, Mr John Bradburn followed behind the Reindeer and Santa assisting in leading the procession with great style into the Market Place!
In the Market Place, the procession was met by even more people who had come along to see what was happening on this evening in Castle Donington.
The Town Crier welcomed everyone. It was such a surprise to see the number of people who had turned up to participate in the "Celebration of Christmas Cheer Event". There were in excess of 1000 people who had turned up for this year's event, with the Market Place being duly lit.
To start the proceedings the Chairman Colin Burton and Town Crier welcomed everyone and introduced the first Carol to get everyone in Christmas spirit then it was onto the count-down for the Christmas trees lights to be switched on; this duty was undertaken by the Town Crier and Frozen characters.
This was swiftly followed by a performance by St Edwards Primary Schools – how wonderful; one of two special pieces the children had been practicing. Again, a special thanks to all the children and the teachers at the schools.
Melbourne Operatic Society wowed the crowds with their wonderful performance of Jingle Bell Rock and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer a massive thank you for their attendance to add another level to this Christmas extravaganza.
To complete the event, creating that special atmosphere, the children (and adults) were given the opportunity to meet, pet and have photos with the reindeer before Santa and the reindeer had to return ahead of the big night on Christmas Eve. Also, there was 2 free rides for children to enjoy which was a great hit! All the characters also stayed close for people to have pictures with. Also, this year a crepe and a fudge stall attended to serve the crowds.
"It was an absolutely wonderful event for the children to meet Santa and his reindeer – so many people turning out to make it a real "village event" – long may it continue!"
The Town Crier thanked everyone for coming to make it such a brilliant event and then, as if by magic, a snow blizzard arrived – showering everyone in light, fluffy snowflakes – what a wonderful end to a wonderful evening!
The local shops and businesses participated in the event this year many opening offering Mulled Wine and mince pies. All in all, a real Christmassy start to the season.
A very big thank you to M&S for volunteering and the Staff and Councillors from Castle Donington Parish Council, all the others already mentioned above and anyone else that might have been missed. Without all this help Events like this, which in-still a sense of pride and tradition, could not take place.
Happy New Year from all at the Parish Council, staff, volunteers and councillors.
Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:01 by Grace